Dyspnoea and respiratory muscle training

Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780192631411
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730160 | DOI:

Series: Supportive Care Series

Dyspnoea and respiratory muscle training

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This chapter examines the effectiveness of respiratory muscle training (RMT) in the management of dyspnoea. It explains that dysfunction of respiratory muscles occurs in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients and that this contributes to the development of dyspnoea. Respiratory muscles can be trained by general exercise training to improve strength and endurance. Inspiratory muscle training (IMT) has been found to be effective in reducing dyspnoea and patients can also benefit from education to change breathing patterns.

Keywords: dyspnoea; RMT; respiratory muscles; COPD; IMT; breathing patterns; disease management

Chapter.  6341 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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